Women's four claims bowls bronze in Glasgow

MATT RICHENS IN GLASGOW
Last updated 02:24 28/07/2014
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BRONZE BOWLERS: Mandy Boyd, Val Smith, Amy McIlroy and Selina Goddard celebrate their third place in the bowls fours in Glasgow.

Mandy Boyd
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BRONZED: Skip Mandy Boyd watches the progress of her bowl during New Zealand's semifinal loss to Malaysia. The four recovered to beat Scotland for the bronze medal.

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New Zealand has won its first Commonwealth Games medal away from the cycling velodrome and the judo mat.

The Mandy Boyd-skipped women's four beat Scotland to secure the bronze at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls centre.

Boyd, Selina Goddard, Amy McIlroy and Val Smith beat the Scottish four 21-15 in the 15 end final this morning.

The bronze medal match was tight throughout before the Kiwis wrestled the momentum away. The score was 6-6 after six ends and 9-9 after eight, but Boyd won three ends in a row to leap out to a 16-9 advantage with four rounds to play. 

The medal looked all but won, but the Scots bounced back with a three-point end followed by two single points.

The teams started the final end at 16-15. The Scots got ahead, but a brilliant Boyd drive saved the match for New Zealand, turning a two shot deficit into a five shot end. 

Earlier the four were beaten 13-11 by Malaysia in a tight semifinal. 

A four-shot seventh end helped the Kiwis jump to an 8-5 lead, but the Malaysians finished stronger. The Kiwis three shot lead was whittled away and through 12 of 15 ends the teams were level at 10-10.

The Malaysians won a crucial 13th end with two shots and a single shot 14th end gave them a buffer they were able to hold on to.

New Zealand's Jo Edwards was to bowl off for gold in the women's singles later this morning, having cruised past Northern Ireland's Catherine McMillen 21-8 in the semifinal.

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